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Review: Hastings Pier

Hastings, a seaside town on the Sussex coastline, has a newly restored pier, adding to its many tourist attractions (including a pebble beach and Hastings Castle dating back to the time of William the Conqueror). What’s more, this new structure has been voted 'Pier of the Year 2017' by the National Pier Society.

From far away it might not seem particularly noteworthy. Once you reach the…

Documentary review: Angry Inuk

Set in the remote hamlet of Kimmirut, Canada, in the icy Arctic Circle, the film Angry Inuk (2016) looks at the lives of the Inuit people, following the trade ban on harp seal skin products (campaigned for by animal rights activists in 1987).

The film controversially opposes this ban because its had a negative effect on the Inuit's livelihood. The documentary is part of the Origins Festival…

Birkbeck Arts Week 2017 - Landscape and Power

Those of us who signed up to the Landscape and Power lecture during Birkbeck Arts Week 2017 would have seen an arresting image posted on the event flyer. In the talk in Room B03 of 43 Gordon Square we learn that this image is computer generated.

 

It is of a proposed memorial, entitled ‘Memory Wound’, to the victims…

The Tall Ships at Greenwich

The tall ships have come and gone.  For two days they moored at Greenwich and Woolwich and on Easter Sunday they sailed away to Portugal, bound for Boston and then Quebec.  While on the Thames they ferried the public up and down while fed us cakes and tea, took us to watch river fireworks, and gave us short explanatory tours.  

 

The ships last came to London in 2014 and are due…

Film review: Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper, set in contemporary Paris is written and directed by Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria). Kristen Stewart plays Maureen, a personal assistant to her glamourous and demanding celebrity boss Kyra, and grieving for the loss of her twin brother Lewis who has recently died of a heart condition.

From the outset the film appears to be a ghost story. Maureen has psychic abilities…